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The Glorious Flight of Perdita Tree (2005)

by Olivia Fane

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A Sloane Ranger goes missing in Albania
By sally tarbox on 7 April 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
An entertaining bit of chick-lit: Perdita Tree, the Sloane-Rangery wife of a stick-in-the mud Tory MP, is in Greece on a solitary holiday. Dissatisfied with her marriage and life as a rich but shallow young mother, she embarks on an expedition over the border to Albania.
It's 1991, the country is just emerging from Hoxha's dictatorship, and Perdita first finds herself detained by fiercesome but exciting Kukaj :

"They interrogated me over four days. When I'd had their assurances that they weren't going to torture me, the truth is I rather enjoyed it. I've come to the conclusion that interrogation is rather like therapy... I was so obviously happy to talk and be the centre of attention hour after hour.."

But then she is kidnapped by the adoring Alfred....
I liked Perdita, she was a convincing character, as was husband Nicholas, whose problems back home are related in alternate chapters. Alfred was wholly implausible and their whole time together was rather silly. But an enjoyable bit of escapism for all that. ( )
  starbox | Apr 6, 2017 |
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I have some very magnifique Albanian dresses, they cost 50 guineas each and have so much gold that they would cost in England two hundred. - Lord Byron, from a letter to his mother, 12 Nov 1809
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Perdita Tree, the bored and beautiful wife of Tory MP Nicholas Hodgekin believes that all married women, and perhaps all women everywhere, should have a magic door through which they can walk into a different life - 'utterly, utterly different, not necessarily better, just something other.' So when she is kidnapped in Albania, she takes it in the spirit of one huge adventure. Adored by her kidnapper, who believes all things English are perfect, she is persuaded to rescue the Albanians from their dire history, and is vain enough to imagine that she can. Together they ride across the country on horseback, singing Beatles songs and preaching freedom. The year is 1991, democracy is coming, but are the Albanians ready for it? And are they ready for Perdita?
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